Esoteric London

No. 361: Andrew Borde Street, WC2

Posted in Architectural, Clubs by esotericlondon on July 18, 2011

Andrew Borde Street, London, WC2. Photo © Roger Dean 2011

‘I don’t know what London’s coming to – The higher the buildings the lower the morals’ – Noel Coward

Centre Point was designed by Richard Seifert and was built between 1963 and 1966 as speculative office space by Harry Hyams who had leased the site for £18,500 a year for 150 years.

Upon completion it was one of London’s first skyscrapers but it stood empty for several years. Whilst many Londoners see it as an ugly monolith, the building has been Grade II listed since 1995 and it won the Concrete Society’s Mature Structures Award in 2009.

Personally I hold it in great affection not solely for its design features, but because of its value as a navigational beacon during my first few months in the capital in the early eighties.

The building is currently fully let for the first time by, amongst other tenants, the Paramount, a members club which occupies the summit of the building from where the 360 degree vistas are spectacular. R.D.

See also post No 86